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Names are used so that you can refer to a single cell or a cell range using something meaningful to you. You can define a name using Excel's menus by following these steps:
Figure 1. Define Name dialog box.
The names you define in Excel can be up to 255 characters in length and contain any numbers or letters, as well as the period, backslash, question mark or underscore. Names cannot contain any other special characters, including spaces. In addition, names must start with either a letter, backslash or the underscore.
You can also define a name by using the formula bar. To use this method, follow these steps:
The name is defined and appears in the formula bar area whenever the cell or cells are selected.
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